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Countries Who Use Psilocybin for Therapy

Countries Who Use Psilocybin for Therapy


In recent years, research has been done on the use of psilocybin for therapeutic purposes. This article will discuss those countries that have permitted psilocybin to be used in a medical setting as well as why these countries chose to allow its use and what benefits they hope to gain from it.

Also discussed, albeit briefly, will be why certain other countries continue to criminalize psilocybin’s use and what the possible side effects could be when the drug is used therapeutically.

What is Psilocybin?

Psilocybin is a psychedelic compound found in certain species of mushrooms. While oftentimes used recreationally, it’s been a long-known fact that psilocybin can also be used for therapeutic gains. Psilocybin has been found to help treat a variety of psychological disorders including anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and treatment-resistant depression.

The use of psilocybin became popular in the 1960s, but it has been used for hundreds if not thousands of years by different cultures around the world. In fact, there is archeological evidence of use dating back to ancient times.

Psilocybin is illegal in the United States and highly controlled by the government due to its perceived dangers and possible abuse as a recreational drug. Other countries, including many throughout Europe, allow psilocybin to be used therapeutically, albeit with stringent regulation.

How Does Psilocybin Work?

There remains more research to be conducted to completely understand how psilocybin therapy works, but scientists already have a few ideas. It’s believed that psilocybin helps people to confront their problems and fears by inducing a state of deep introspection.

Psilocybin may also help to “reset” the brain, which could explain why it appears to be so effective in treating addiction, depression, and anxiety.

In addition to treating mental health conditions, psilocybin has been shown to help people feel more optimistic about the future.

Why is Psilocybin Used for Therapy?

There are a few reasons why countries permit the use of psilocybin for therapy. First, psilocybin has been found to be effective in treating mental health conditions such as depression, addiction, and anxiety. Second, psilocybin is a non-addictive substance, which means that it doesn’t cause any harmful side effects. Finally, psilocybin is not illegal in most countries, which makes it easier to administer it and study its effects.

Countries That Have Legalized Psilocybin for Medical Purposes

The Netherlands, Switzerland, and Israel are among the few countries that have legalized psilocybin for medical purposes. In those countries, psychiatrists are allowed to suggest psilocybin-assisted therapy to patients diagnosed with certain mental illnesses. Psilocybin is administered under closely controlled conditions, sometimes as a supplement to counseling.

The Future of Psilocybin Therapy

Psilocybin therapy has been used in other countries with promising results. For example, in Switzerland, psilocybin therapy is offered as an outpatient service. The treatment consists of two sessions that are spread out over two weeks. Patients must be 18 years or older and have no history of mental illness.

So far, the results of the Swiss study have been positive, with 80% of participants reporting that their psilocybin experience was one of the five most meaningful experiences of their lives. In addition, 80% of participants reported that their psilocybin experience had a lasting positive effect on their mental health.


Psychedelic drugs like psilocybin have been used for centuries by different cultures around the world to treat a variety of psychological disorders. So far, research has shown that psilocybin therapy is effective in treating mental health conditions such as depression, addiction, and anxiety. Countries that have legalized psilocybin for medical purposes believe that there is potential for psychedelics to revolutionize the field of psychiatry.

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